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St. Paulís Annual Menís Day Celebration

By Tricia Hall

Sojournerís Truth Reporter


St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church held their two-day menís celebration on March 7 and March 8. The celebration official began with a prayer breakfast on Saturday morning that featured guest speaker and local pastor, Rev. Floyd Smith Jr., of Calvary Baptist Church.


Over 150 congregants attended the Saturday breakfast and worship hour led by Master of Ceremony Deacon Darryl Reed.


After breakfast the attendees moved to the sanctuary for the worship hour and message. The speaker, Rev. Smith, a Toledo native. has led the congregation at Calvary for the past 31 years.


On Sunday morning, the sanctuary filled with singing and celebration for the morning service. The 2020 theme, ďMen of God Doing the Will of God,Ē was inspired by Biblical scripture Philippians 4:13.


ďI want to say congratulations to the men of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church as today we will enjoy this great day,Ē said Deacon Bobby McDole, Menís Day chairman.


The Menís Day Sunday service opened with a deacon-led devotional service, processional of dignitaries and call to worship by Rev. Stanley Clark, official welcome delivered by Larry Pendleton, then responsive reading led by Albert Pickett.


ďI want you to feel welcome to be yourself and celebrate today,Ē shared Pendleton.


The Menís Day choir sang several soulful selections before the traditional Sunday service continued with the congregational hymn, scripture reading, and alters call. The Menís Day guest speaker, Rev. Kenneth W. Coleman, delivered his message to the congregation to a standing ovation.


ďI can do all things through Christ who strengthens me, not through my 401K. I can do all things through Christ is a call to action. We can do all things through Christ. Our God will supply all of our needs. Brothers, we have to believe, we must believe. We must run this race with patience and focus on Jesus. He is the creator of or faith,Ē explained Rev. Coleman.


Coleman currently serves as the youth pastor at Canaan Missionary Baptist Church located in Dayton, Ohio under the leadership of his father Rev. Joseph L. Coleman Sr. He was called to the ministry in 1999, earned a four-year football scholarship and Bachelor of Arts in Economics degree from The Ohio State University, earned a Master of Divinity from Faith Theological Seminary, continues to teach Bible study to seniors at the Life Enrichment Center, and member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.


Rev. Willis closed out the service by delivering words of gratitude. ďI am grateful today. Grateful to celebrate this menís day,Ē said Willis.


The Menís Day booklet patrons: the combined board of the St. Paul Senior Citizens Project and the John H. McKissick Housing Complex, Dale-Riggs Funeral Home, Rev. Otis Gordon Jr, PhD and Warren A.M.E. Church, Rev. W.L. Perryman Jr, PhD and Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, Rev. John D. Walthall III and Mount Ararat Missionary Baptist Church, Rev. Cedric M. Brock and Mt. Nebo Baptist Church, Rev. Ruby Radford and Cass Road Baptist Church, American Baptist Women, Jackís Menís Wear, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated Zeta Xi Zeta Chapter of Toledo, American Baptist Men, The C. Brown Funeral Home, Jan Scotland of State Farm, Men of Music, Liddellís Barber Shop; the following St. Paul Missionary Church ministries: Deacons, Trustees, Christian Board of Educational Ministry, Senior Choir; and individual patrons: Rev. Stanley Clark and family, Rev. and First Lady Willis Sr, Mr. and Mrs. Shelby Willis, Mr. and Mrs. James Willis, Jr, Joyce Cherry, Karen Glover, Al Johnson, and Laura Potete.


Calvary's Rev. Floyd and First Lady Robin Wilson Smith


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Revised: 03/19/20 16:37:16 -0400.

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